Is Your Website ADA compliant?

The American BAR Association says that Federal Courts are flooded with Website Accessibility Lawsuits, ADA compliance

Did you know that small U.S. businesses are getting hammered with website accessibility lawsuits? Watch this VIDEO that shows what is going on right now.

This is what Wikipedia™ says about the ADA  compliance

The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 or ADA (42 U.S.C. § 12101) is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination based on disability. It affords similar protections against discrimination to Americans with disabilities as the Civil Rights Act of 1964,[1] which made discrimination based on race, religion, sex, national origin, and other characteristics illegal, and later sexual orientation and gender identity. In addition, unlike the Civil Rights Act, the ADA also requires
covered employers to provide reasonable accommodations to employees with disabilities, and imposes accessibility requirements on public accommodations.

In 1986, the National Council on Disability had recommended the enactment of an
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and drafted the first version of the bill which was introduced in the House and Senate in 1988. A broad bipartisan coalition of legislators supported the ADA, while the bill was opposed by business interests (who argued the bill imposed costs on business) and conservative evangelicals (who opposed protection for individuals with HIV). The final version of the bill was signed into law on July 26, 1990, by President George H. W. Bush. It was later amended in 2008 and signed by President George W. Bush with changes effective as of January 1, 2009.

Many members of the business community opposed the Americans with Disabilities Act,
arguing that the legislation would impose costs on businesses. Testifying before Congress,
Greyhound Bus Lines stated that the act had the potential to “deprive millions of people
of affordable intercity public transportation and thousands of rural communities of their only link to the outside world.” The US Chamber of Commerce argued that the costs of the ADA would be “enormous” and have “a disastrous impact on many small businesses struggling to survive.”[42] The National Federation of Independent Businesses, an organization that lobbies for small businesses, called the ADA “a disaster for small business.” Pro-business conservative commentators joined in opposition, writing that the Americans with Disabilities Act was “an expensive headache to millions” that would not necessarily improve the lives of people with disabilities.

Web Content Accessibility Guidelines, 2019

In October 2019, the Supreme Court declined to resolve a circuit split as to whether websites are covered by the ADA. The Court turned down an appeal from Domino’s Pizza and let stand a U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling which held that the Americans With Disabilities Act protects access not just to brick-and-mortar public accommodations, but also to the websites and apps of those businesses.

So what does that actually mean for you as a Business Owner? Let’s say a blind person visits your website. If your website is not accessible to the vision impaired visitors, you could be sued. There are quite a few shady lawyers in the country who have taken up this matter and are filing lots of lawsuits against businesses across the country. These lawsuits could cost your business tens of thousands of Dollars, and there is really nothing you can do about it…. Unless you fix your website. Can a website be 100% ADA compliant? The short answer is no. ADA compliance isn’t a “pass-fail” test. Rather, it’s a spectrum; a website can be more compliant or less compliant based on how closely it meets the WCAG guidelines

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